Monday, 15 October 2012

Fleur de Lys At Make My Monday. . . . .

The challenge at Make My Monday this week is to use Fleur de Lys as part of their French celebration. I'm very honoured to be their guest designer again and I would urge you to pop across and see the gorgeous makes from the ladies there as they really are so very talented.

 Luckily, I had a background stamp which fitted this theme perfectly and the tag stamp was a freebie from the wonderful people at Crafty Individuals. I felt that the beautiful tag image needed to be given a slightly retro/vintage look and I've used a green colour scheme with a hint of gold to help achieve this.

I'm going to link my work up at Eclectic Ellapu who have an 'Anything Goes' challenge. This is a new challenge blog and it looks like lots of fun so why not go over and have a look?

Here's the card I made and I hope you like it:

The finished card.

Two layers of plain inked card were used for matting. The pale green layer was achieved by repeat stamping a single fleur de lys image and inking the background. The die cut fleur de lys was inked then embossed with some green enamel. 
The tag was stamped with coffee archival and inked lightly. The face was bleached out with a water brush and a little pencil blusher was applied. The tag is matted onto a piece of inked sheet music (a charity shop buy so I don't feel too bad about cutting it up!).

The die cut letters were inked and applied.
Thanks for stopping by to see my work, I really appreciate it. A big welcome to my new followers too.


  1. Simply stunning, Julia! The distressing and bleaching work so well on your card. The colours are so rich ... just exquisite. I'm so glad you joined our first Eclectic Ellapu challenge. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  2. Hi Julia,

    Stunning creation. I love your style and your distressing techniques have worked really really well, simple but beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu this week.

    Andria - EE, dt (Purples)

  3. A really beautiful card Julia with a wonderful vintage feel. A x

  4. O my word Julia, What a fabulous card! green & brown a winner every time to start with...then comes the brilliant design & detail!! love the stamping & distressing... Perfect... Love it all!! Hugs May x x x

  5. A stunning card, wonderful results with your mixed techniques, I love the touches of gold here and there, it all works so well together. Caz MMM - DT

  6. its beautiful Julia, So sorry I let you down on the fleur de lis, they will probably turn up tomorrow :( urgh, bad Mark.
    Fantastic make though, I love it. Fleur de lis are one of my fave images.

    1. It's not a problem at all Mark! My fault because I didn't get the sequence of the weeks right! Tried to find your email but couldn't - sorry!! Thanks for the lovely comment too.

  7. Oooh lush greens Julia, I love it. You've used my favourite colours.

    Sam xxx

  8. Lovely inking and embossing, it adds such a special touch! Great card!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  9. Wow Julia. This is a gorgeous make. I love the colours and images. An overall stunning project x

  10. Gorgeous layering Julia...they all fit so well together...great

    Hugs, ALie :-)

  11. A gorgeous card and wonderful colour combination. Love your embossing. Off now to catch up on the rest of your projects which I have missed!

  12. SO PRETTY!!! LOVE the gorgeous colors--the green and brown are just fabulous with the little bit of gold! This is amazing! So glad to have you this month at MMM! :)

  13. A totally fabulous inky creation Julia. Love all the layers, distressing and texture and the colours are gorgeous.
    Aren't Jean and Malcolm so generous with their goodies too as I have a ton of freebies they always add to a parcel.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  14. Greta vintage card Julia
    Beautiful coLors and layout
    Love it

    Greetings Janny

  15. A gorgeous card Julia and stunning photography. Love all your embossing and the beautiful colours you have chosen - Jacqueline xx

  16. Beautiful! I love the background and the distressed edges. Gorgeous card!

  17. Beautiful layers of inkyness Julia! I love the embossed fleurs de lys! xx

  18. Hi Julia, thats's so very beautiful ... I'm absolutely enthralled. Love the ditressed look and the whole combination of things and colors here ...
    Hugs, Suzanne xx

  19. A fabulous card Julia and great inspiration for something I have to make for November. Thanks, I really feel more ideas buzzing round my head.
    Hope all is well with you, have a great end to the week.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  20. What a beautiful card Julia. That lovely green worked fantastically with the vintage browns.

  21. This is such a beautiful card and in my favorite colour too.
    xxx Hazel.

  22. A wonderful card in great color combination. Love all the layers.

  23. I love this, Julia! It has a really medieval look with the greens and gold - and of course the fleur de lys(s), with their glorious enamelling... gorgeous!
    Alison x
    (Sorry I'm so late... catching up with the whole week in one go today!)

  24. Oooh la la!! Love the way you've put this together. So vintage and full of your ususal attention to detail. Hugs, Buttons x

  25. Beautiful! Love all of the inky edges and the patina is gorgeous!!

  26. Hi Julia, Loved this card when I first saw it, (sorry I've taken so long to get here)
    Love the image and the colours you hae used.
    Avril xx

  27. Congratulations on being a TOP FIVER at Eclectic Ellapu's first ever challenge.

    Andria - EE, dt (purples).


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